Fecal microbiota transplantation must contain viable bacteria at the time of transplantation to be effective, researcher Lito Papanicolas told an American Society for Microbiology conference. A study she and colleagues conducted on stool samples found that even when they were processed for FMT use under optimum conditions, an average of more than 50% of the total bacterial content was nonviable, which could have implications for clinical efficacy.
Stool processing for FMT may affect efficacy, study says
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